"Sustained motivation is essential to achieving your potential."
If you have not already check out my interview with Kentucky and Masters runner Teresa Garrison as well as Kentucky runner Mary Rose
David Emch wins the North Face 100K in Thailand
Not sure how many of you knew of, or knew Ken Young, who founded the Association of Road Race Statisticians (ARRS) but he recently passed away. Due to a number of factors Ken did not have anyone to pass on the ARRS so as of now it appears the ARRS is halted. For some background on him Amby Burfoot wrote an article on him back in 2016: The Endless Toil of the Big Data Guy. Here is a good article on Ken: Passing of Ultrarunning Legend Ken Young. I ran with Ken back in the late 70's and early 80's in Tucson and did many a trail run with him. He was one of the first Ultra guys before Ultra was what it is today. By the way if you want to read about the fastest 100 mile runners of the 70's, 80's and 90's check out Davy Crockett's free online book: Swift Endurance Legends - lots of great info.
If you have spent any time online you may have heard of parkrun in the UK , in it's 11th year, (500 locations, 5013 clubs & 1,551,934 runners)but did you know it has been in the US since 2012 (15 locations, 1219 clubs & 18,588 runners ).
So do you think there should be pacers in races? I am not talking about the ones that are there to help the pack to a certain time but the ones that pace the leaders, in some races there are even pacers for the good but not as great runners. OutsideOnline looks at this in their article "Pacers are Ruining the Marathon" and I have to say I am not a fan of pacers as I like to see racing not pacing. Sure a record is nice but in the context of a race it is so much better. I understand they have them in races from the 800m on up but even there it is hard to beat a World Record set by an athlete intent on it no matter what, just watch David Rudisha in the 2012 London Olympics win the 800m from the front in a WR.
If you have read Steve Magness', written with Brad Stulberg , book Peak Performance - and if not I highly recommend you do - here is a look at how he trained in High School
Might be an interesting meet in a year with no major T&F championships: New Athletics World Cup. Sad that the longest race is only 1500m, also looks to be competing with some other high profile events
iRunFar.com's This Week in Running: February 5, 2018
LetsRun.com's The Week That Was in Running: Jan 29 - Feb 4, 2018
The Weekly Round-up from Athletics Weekly
Race recap of the 2018 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon & see the video of the finish at the "Recap"link or below
Overview of this past weeks USATF X-Country Championships
The IAAF 1/2 Marathon World Championships are in Valencia Spain March 24th and here is the USATF Team
Interview with Mary Cain on her 2018 plans
Also, this past weekend was the USATF 100 Mile Championship in Huntsville, TX at the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile. Not taking anything away from the winners, they deserve the wins they got, but did the field contain the best 100 mile racers? Not sure how the USATF picks the races and what would draw the best fields, well I have some ideas, but would be good to see a Championship with all the big names at the line, or at least a large number of them.
Yuki Kawauchi not only runs marathons but also the ever popular, in Japan, Eikeden events and in the Saitama Ekiden event this weekend he passed 44 people on his leg.
Good article on resilience from the writers of Peak Performance, a book I highly recommend.
The Lone Star 100 is this weekend and Karl Meltzer who is the winningest 100-Mile ultrarunner is entered
Race report on the Lakeland 50 held in the Lake District of Cumbria England
Completeing the Nolan's 14 in the summer is hard enough but Andrew Hamilton did became the first to do it in the winter. His run has been named the "Snolans" 14
Some thoughts I hadn't seen expressed concerning public, or is it federal, land use. It is valid to ask who should pay for the care of lands only some use. I am for sure not for land simply being taken and sold off to the highest bidder but as is often the case what one hears is not always the whole story from, that is usually true of both sides.
Great excerpt from Alex Hutchinson's new book - Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance - a book I just got and started this week.
Toni Reavis writes on Why People Start Running
Masters Running News
Boston Marathon race director 63 year old Dave McGillivray finished the 7 Marathons on 7 Continents in 7 Days challenge
Races this Coming Week
Orcas Island 100, Orcas Island, WA - February 9-10, 2018
Louisville Lovin' the Hills, Louisville, KY - February 10, 2018
Tarawera Ultramarathon, Rotorua, New Zealand - February 10, 2018
Iron Horse Endurance Runs, Florahome, FL - February 10-11, 2018
Lone Star 100, El Paso, TX - February 10-11, 2018
Past Weekend Race Results
2018 USATF X-Country Championships, Tallahassee, FL - February 3, 2018
Elephant Mountain 50K, Cave Creek, AZ - February 3, 2018
Orcas Island 50K, Orcas Island, WA - February 3, 2018
Sean O'Brian Trail Runs, Malibu Creek State Park, CA - February 3, 2018
Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile, Huntsville, TX - February 3-4, 2018
Surf City Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, Huntington Beach, CA - February 4, 2018
New York Road Runners look at Grete Waitz 9 wins at the New York Marathon. Grete passed away from cancer at 57 in 20011
Billy Yang's new video - THE WHY: Running 100 Miles
2018 Vibram Hong Kong 100K
Finish of the 2018 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
Ultra pur : Anton Kupricka, l’ovni de l’ultra trail - Translates to: Ultra pure: Anton Krupicka, the UFO of ultra trail
Łemkowyna Ultra Trail® – UTWT Discovery Race
More UTMB goodness with a look at the 2017 CCC (101K)
Orcas Island 100 - which is running today (2/9) and tomorrow
Ok, I know it is not running - well running is involved, probably more than some would like - but this is one tough sport. The 2018 Cyclocross World Championships. The fans really love this sport.